Kathleen Dollard - October 22, 2008

The Regina .NET User Group welcomes Kathleen Dollard.


Refactoring with Generics
Generics open up new opportunities to increase the robustness of your code, improve its performance, and significantly reduce the total amount of code you write. After a brief introduction to generic syntax, Kathleen will show you how using generics improves the quality of your code. You'll see how easy it is to shift your current collections to generic collections and learn about new features such as robust sorts, finds, and filters across collections. You'll learn how to write your own generic methods and classes. Finally you'll see how to leverage the spectrum of generic possibilities in a business object hierarchy that reduces the total lines of code by about 50%! You'll walk out of this talk understanding how to use generics to improve your own applications.


Kathleen Dollard, GenDotNet
Kathleen has been developing business applications for over 20 years, programming in Visual Basic for almost ten years, and working with .NET since the early betas. As an independent consultant, she has had the opportunity to work in a variety of domains, including the finance and justice sectors. Kathleen has worked extensively with application code generation and is the author of Code Generation in Microsoft .NET (from Apress). She has published numerous articles on a range of .NET technologies including XSLT, debugging, ADO.NET, and code generation. Kathleen is also a long time Microsoft MVP, president of the Northern Colorado .NET SIG, and is an active member of the Denver Visual Studio User Group.

Read Kathleen's blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/kathleen/

Location: University of Regina
Event: Classroom Building, room CL 126 (North-West end of campus)
Free Parking: Lot H in ISM-designated parking (South-West end of campus)
Map: http://www.uregina.ca/ancillaries/parking/maps/MAINCAMP%20WEB%20MAP%2029July08.pdf

Door Prizes: We will be giving away a copy of .NET Gotchas and Practices of an Agile Developer provided courtesy of their author, Venkat Subramaniam (http://agiledeveloper.com/blog/).

Date: Wednesday Evening, October 22nd, 2008

Cost: Free

6:00 pm: Food and social - please register if you are joining us for dinner

6:30 pm: Welcome and opening announcements

6:45 pm: Refactoring with Generics

A big thank you to our Facilities Sponsor the University of Regina (http://www.cs.uregina.ca/) as well as our Gold Sponsors for the 2008-2009 Season!
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